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Roy Blair Caviness

Military

Assigned to 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Re-assigned to HQ Sqn, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Transferred to HQ Sqn, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 14 x kills.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean medals.

Service

Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-22784 'Goona' 'Moon'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 357FS, 355FG, 8AF, became war weary and a training aircraft for squadron. Transferred to 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron.

  • 44-14251 'Goona II' 'Contrary Mary'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal A/C of Major Roy B Caviness. Transferred to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF with Caviness.

  • 44-14197 'Goona' 'Mary Jane II'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal A/C of Maj Roy B Caviness. Re-assigned to Lt Robert R Volkman. Written off crash landing at Newborough, near Peterborough due to engine failure 29-10-44.

  • 42-106688 'Goona' 'Clara Ann' 'Li'l Larry'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Belly landing due to fuel starvation narrowly missing 500lb UXB. Montdidier, France 10-Sep-44. Pilot Lt Norman L Smith EVD.

Associated Place

  • Bottisham

    Military site : airfield
    The P-47 Thunderbolts of the 361st Fighter Group damaged the surfaces of the airfield so much in the first months of flying from Bottisham that American engineers were called in to lay a new runway. In January 1944 they constructed a 1,470-yard-long...

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Texas, USA 15 December 1918
Enlisted Texas, USA 9 September 1940

Enlisted as an Aviation Cadet

Lived in Oil City, LA 71061, USA 1941
Pilot training 25 April 1941

Flight training - Advanced Trg.

Based Bottisham 10 February 1943 – 13 August 1943

Assigned to 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF.

Based Bottisham 13 August 1943 – 20 September 1944

Re-assigned to HQ Sqn, 361FG, 8AF USAAF.

Based Bottisham 20 September 1944 – 3 November 1944

Re-assigned to 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF.

Based Bottisham 3 November 1944 – 1 December 1944

Re-assigned to HQ Sqn, 361FG, 8AF USAAF.

End Tour Duty (ETD) England, UK 1 December 1944

Ended Tour Duty (ETD).

Based Bottisham 15 April 1945 – 29 June 1945

Re-assigned to HQ Sqn, 361FG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Duxford, Cambridge CB22 4QR, UK 29 June 1945 – 1 July 1945

Transferred to HQ Sqn, 78FG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Houston, TX, USA 23 January 1995
Buried 10410 Veterans Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77038, USA 27 January 1995

Houston National Cemetery
Houston
Harris County
Texas, USA
Plot: K, 0, 73A

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 December 2017 19:05:30 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/83946074-roy-b-caviness
https://www.fold3.com/record/56325943-roy-b-caviness
https://www.fold3.com/record/619353974-roy-caviness-1918
https://www.fold3.com/image/312833235?terms=Roy%20b%20Caviness
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/478948/roy-blair-caviness

Date Contributor Update
16 December 2017 17:27:03 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/83946074-roy-b-caviness
https://www.fold3.com/record/56325943-roy-b-caviness
https://www.fold3.com/record/619353974-roy-caviness-1918
https://www.fold3.com/image/312833235?terms=Roy%20b%20Caviness
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/478948/roy-blair-caviness

Date Contributor Update
27 October 2015 16:39:53 K Flynn Changes to media associations
Sources

Associated media from Bottisham Airfield Museum Collection

Date Contributor Update
27 October 2015 15:04:47 K Flynn Changes to media associations
Sources

Associated media from Bottisham Airfield Museum Collection

Date Contributor Update
20 October 2015 21:26:19 466thHistorian Changes to role, events and place associations
Sources

findagrave.com

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2015 15:54:54 Lucy May Changes to service number, highest rank, role, events and place associations
Sources

Combined three entries for Roy B Caviness into a single entry. This record now contains information from the following sources:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit roster on page 131 in 'Eagles of Duxford' book by Fry

361st unit history: http://361fg.com/Hist.htm

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:33 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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